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Crafts: Time to Party and Paint

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Nothing promotes painting like a blank slate. You'll find dozens of functional and decorative molded items ready for embellishment at Time to Party and Paint. Leo and Anne Valliere own the new University Mall store that offers an affordable, make-it-and-take-it activity — painting party, anyone? Kids choose what to pretty up from hundreds of white objects, including cups and saucers and chess sets. The paint dries quickly. The retired-but-still-working Vallieres have another store, in the Berlin Mall, where they say customers really throw themselves into the creative process. "This really means something to those kids," says Leo. Bonus: The Vallieres clean up.

Time to Party and Paint: Open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Located in the University Mall, across from the IHOP restaurant. Prices range from $2.95 for small items to $69 for specialized items. Info, 863-1922.

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